COUNTY WORKERS TO GET 10% raise, while elected officials get $6,000 raise

County poised to pass budget and tax rate at Thurs. meeting

Willacy County commissioners will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday to pass a 2014 fiscal year budget, tax rate and salary and wage increases. However, without properly advertising the actions in advance, their passage may not be in accordance with state law, the owner of a local newspaper said. Paul Whitworth, publisher and editor of The Raymondville Chronicle and Willacy County […]

County schools enrollment holds steady as students return to classes

Willacy County students are back in the classroom but their numbers don’t show any overall increase despite some signs of economic growth from prison industry and wind turbine development. Raymondville schools’ student enrollment is virtually the same as last year, Superintendent Johnny Pineda said. “Overall, it is 2,138 this year, compared with 2,148 from last year,” he said. “The high […]

8-Liners may come back to Lyford

The issue of eight-liner gaming halls has once again raised its head in Lyford. City commissioners on Monday voted to accept applications for business licenses and permits for such businesses: “Right now, I wanted to put this on here to see what the commission felt,” Mayor Henry De la Paz said. “We could take in some applications and see what […]


South Texas counties among highest rates of uninsured

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Two South Texas counties have among the highest rates of people without health insurance in the nation, with working Hispanic men in South Texas the most likely to not have coverage, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Hidalgo County has the highest rate among urban counties at 38.9 percent, and Maverick County […]

Aggies’ defense back to full strength for Alabama

COLLEGE STATION, Texas ( AP) – No. 6 Texas A&M’s defense didn’t look great against FCS school Sam Houston State, giving up some huge plays in the Aggies’ 65-28 win. The good news is that several suspended defensive starters will be back this week. The bad news? Their first live action of the season will be against top- ranked Alabama […]

Behind the Badge

Remembering the sacrifices of 9/11 while seeking a reconciliation with God

Here we are again in the month of September already. School has started, along with the football season, and the anniversary of 9/11. It doesn’t seem like twelve years have passed since that morning that kept us glued to our TV sets as the horrible events took place before our eyes. We watched as planes crashed into the towers, and […]

Letter to the Editor

County needs to replace library roof, readers says

Dear Editor: With all of the planning to spend money that seems to materialize whenever a want arises, I wonder that some of the immediate needs are ignored. Although no one likes the drought that has caused financial and other hardships, it may have one redeeming value, the roof of the Reber Library has preserved the books that line its […]

Texas man killed in motorcycle crash

ROSCOE, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska State Patrol says a 48- year-old Texas man has died after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska. The patrol says Christian Davis Boyce, of Dallas, died in the crash that happened just before noon Friday east of Paxton. Investigators say Boyce was eastbound on I-80 and pulling a trailer when he […]